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Christmas in a Tea Room

Today I have another Christmas photo for you.  I hope you aren’t sick of them yet.  There is just one image today, it is from one of my favourite places in the city, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade.  The front window is always full of really yummy looking cakes and other treats.

Tea Rooms WindowI haven’t seen it looking this good for a long time.  It was so full of great treats and really colourful.  I have taken many images of this window over the years.  It is hard to do.  You can’t do it without reflections, and more importantly it is also hard to do it without a whole heap of people standing in front of it.  I did have to wait for some people to move.

The Hopetoun Tea Rooms have been operating for as long as the Block Arcade has been open.  I think the only time it has closed has been when there was a fire or something.  I looked up their website, they have one, but for a historical place, they had no history.  Quite disappointing.

The window is all done up for Christmas.  I think it looks festive, how about you?

Tea Rooms with some FrostingThis is the same image, but I added some frosting around the edges.  I like the effect of the white, makes me think of snow and white Christmas’s.

A fair amount of work has gone into this image.  It began as a 3 image HDR processed in Photomatix Pro.  I added a few different layers of detail, and I added some blur.  I also tried to bring out the clarity more.  Interesting process, I have really used it on something like this before.  I also added some soft focus in Color Efex.

Hopefully tonight I will be able to get out and get some photos of Christmas lights, if I can stay awake that long.

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  1. Yummm! Not to mention beautiful colors and light!

    December 19, 2012
  2. I really like the hand reaching into the case. Busted! :)

    December 19, 2012
    • It is pretty cool, lucky capture, thank you Richard. :)

      December 21, 2012
  3. The second image with the frosting around the edges makes the photo look like something from days gone by. Really pretty.

    December 19, 2012
  4. Beautiful! Looks like it was made up just for a photo! I wonder if you have enough light and/or iso capability to use a polarizing filter to handle the reflections?

    December 19, 2012
    • I didn’t even think of the polarizing filter. I should have tried it, will have to try and remember it next time. Thanks for the tips.

      December 21, 2012
      • I’m like that too! Sometimes I don’t think of the most obvious things!

        December 22, 2012
  5. Fabulous.

    December 19, 2012
  6. What a stunning display! and a beautifully captured image Leanne!

    December 19, 2012
  7. They are simply masters of window design. It shows off their product beautifully. I love walking past and wishing I had the time to go in there. I need to make some time to go in there one day.

    The blur is such a good effect. Creates a lot of mystery in your photos.

    December 19, 2012
    • I have been in, the illusion doesn’t really live up to the reality, but you should go and experience it one day. The cakes are very nice, very very nice.
      Glad you liked it, thank you.

      December 21, 2012
  8. I absolutely LOVE your photography! The images “speak” so beautifully and some even dramatically. STUNNING!!!!

    December 19, 2012
    • What a lovely thing to say, thank you so much notablenuancesblog

      December 21, 2012
  9. The hand is a subtle feature .. nice photos :)

    December 19, 2012
  10. Very nice indeed!

    December 19, 2012
  11. I wont get sick of your Christmas photos…they are beautiful. Keep them coming!

    December 19, 2012
    • That’s good, there are plenty to come, thank you jiltaroo

      December 21, 2012
  12. lensaddiction #

    Have you tried using a circular polariser when you take these shots? They are good at counteracting reflections and might be useful.

    http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/hardware/quick-tip-an-introduction-to-polarizing-filters/

    December 19, 2012
    • Thanks lensaddiction, I have one but I never thought to use it for something like this, might have to try it, thanks for the tip.

      December 21, 2012
  13. Reblogged this on guptapreeti and commented:
    Gives a very beautiful feeling of antique, in Color!!

    December 19, 2012
  14. The last time we were in Melbourne we looked for ages in this window. Sadly there were no free tables so we had to find somewhere else for our afternoon tea. The cakes look divine.

    December 19, 2012
    • It has become very popular, I have to say though the best place to have afternoon tea is the Windsor, but you need to book. Hopetoun Tea Rooms often has a queue out the front. The cakes are devine. Thanks Carol.

      December 21, 2012
  15. i really like both images but especially the first one. looks a bit like one of those very festive paintings, too.

    December 19, 2012
    • Thank you Lisa, I love how you have described it.

      December 21, 2012
  16. Very nice photo indeed Leanne, just the sort of tea room I love. Those cakes look incredible. I think somebody already mentioned the circular polarising filter to help with reflections from glass or water and glare from reflected sunlight. I discovered a new use for mine recently. I was trying to photograph a rainbow at the lighthouse a week or so back and I couldn’t understand why I could see the rainbow but I couldn’t see it through my viewfinder. Puzzled I tried a few shots. No rainbow. Then it struck me, the polarising filter. I gave it a slight twist and suddently the rainbow was there in the viewfinder but more intense than ever. I don’t understand the physics but by twisting the filter as it’s designed to do, you alter the wavelength of light entering the camera. I now know this filter is great for reflections and for rainbows. :-)

    December 19, 2012
    • That is fantastic. I have one, but I haven’t really used it. I have when I have been outside, but would never have thought of using it for this. It is something I am going to have to try now. Thanks, I do love it when I get tips from others, much appreciated. :)

      December 21, 2012
  17. yesterday I bought tea – there are FOUR saleswoman but it was so full …. that’s christmas time, too

    December 19, 2012
    • Yes, that is Christmas time here as well, thanks Susanne.

      December 21, 2012
  18. Yummy!!! Fabulous shot!!!

    December 19, 2012
  19. … makes me think of those old leaflets and publications with faded illustrations that always need a second glance at to appreciate the details of things … also of the colouring and effect in Ladybird Books of years ago … My favourite was The Party :-)
    It’s a shame they have no historical background as you say .. But I think you may just have ‘ invented ‘ one for them with your lovely image ;-)
    Really nice Leanne !!

    December 19, 2012
    • Thank you poppytump, I like what you have said about the image. I remember those books, they were amazing. what a lovely comment. :)

      December 21, 2012
  20. Incredible colours.

    December 19, 2012
  21. Beautiful display! It made me think of the shop windows in Paris…

    December 19, 2012
    • Really, they must look good too. I wouldn’t know what to choose to eat in this window. Thanks Marie.

      December 21, 2012
  22. J Lavarias #

    Reblogged this on Lost in Excursion and commented:
    MY GOD…look at this buffet. Simply mouthwatering!

    December 19, 2012
  23. Tthe draped curtain above gives a Victorian (era, not state) touch.
    I think I might find thoughts of which cake when, intruding on my photography.
    It sure takes a lot of work to get a photo to the standard you want.

    December 19, 2012
    • I think the fact that it is in a very Victorian Arcade helps with that.
      You can never get in so it isn’t too much of a problem and there were people around so I had be quick. I did do a lot of work on this, but so happy I did. Thank you.

      December 21, 2012
  24. I have nominated you for “A VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER AWARD” because I LOVE your blog and it has certainly been an inspiration to me. Looking forward to future posts.

    December 19, 2012
    • Thank you so much for the nomination, I just left a comment on your blog.

      December 21, 2012
  25. Delicious in every way!

    December 19, 2012
  26. I love the Christmas setting in the window – and that tea room looks like the place I would enjoy having a cuppa. Those cakes look divine :)

    December 19, 2012
    • Thank you Colline, I loved it as well, if you like tea rooms you would like this one, thank you. :)

      December 21, 2012
  27. Mel #

    Both are stunningly beautiful. I love the rich colors. Kind of like icing on overdrive. I have never heard of the tearom, but if I ever get to Australia, I want to go there. Yum!

    December 19, 2012
    • Thank you Mel, I was so happy with this image. If you get to Melbourne, get there early, it is located in the Block Arcade.

      December 21, 2012
  28. petit4chocolatier #

    Stunning and brilliant displays. The first one is gorgeous, and the second one is dreamy. Love both :)

    December 19, 2012
    • Thank you petit4chocolatier, that is so good to hear.

      December 21, 2012
  29. No calories there … both photos very good. You have really caught the Christmas spirit in the soften edge photo – really look warm and inviting.

    December 19, 2012
    • Thank you Viveka, this has been one of my favourite photos so far.

      December 21, 2012
  30. I never tire of Christmas photos during the season! The window dressing is equally as wonderful as the photo it self…

    December 19, 2012
    • That is so good to hear Heather, I have quite a few. Thank you.

      December 21, 2012
  31. another beauty..i love macaroons!

    December 20, 2012
  32. Oh what a BEAUTIFUL window!!! How you don’t weigh a BILLION lbs I will NEVER KNOW!!! Thanks SO much for sharing. I hope to own a tea shop and patisserie one day this is GREAT inspiration!

    December 20, 2012
    • I photograph the window and look at it a lot, but it is hard to get into, there is often a queue. If you own a tea shop one day and have a window like this I will come and photograph it. Thanks

      December 21, 2012
  33. A beautiful enhancement!

    December 20, 2012
  34. I love the editing you’ve done on this series of Christmas photos. They have such a “Winter Wonderland”-ish feel to them. And you’ve mentioned that’s a challenge to do for Christmas in AU! :)

    December 20, 2012
    • Thank you Nikki, I have enjoyed doing them. :) It can be a challenge finding Christmas here, but I have enjoying the search.

      December 21, 2012
  35. You could totally do it with a ton of people standing there if you took a tripod and did a long exposure. If people are moving in and out fo the frame you wouldn’t see them. I like the first one and I’d also like to eat their food!

    December 20, 2012
    • I don’t think it would be dark enough for that jjotter, the longest exposure you could get would still get blur. Doesn’t matter really, it was just for some fun and to show some Christmas. Thank you.

      December 21, 2012
  36. Prefer the lower image – the vignette looks good. Adrian

    December 20, 2012
  37. That is full of deliciousness!

    December 20, 2012
  38. one could wish to be a cattle ; )

    December 20, 2012
  39. great photo

    December 20, 2012
  40. A very enticing window at the tea room. And, what an array of colors!

    December 20, 2012
  41. beyond yummy Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year Leanne

    December 20, 2012
    • Very Scott, and Merry Christmas to you as well.

      December 21, 2012
  42. Gorgeous! Really getting the Christmas spirit going right here… even without snow :)

    December 20, 2012
    • Thank you so much bugaluglu, it has been nice to find the Christmas spirit in our summer.

      December 21, 2012
  43. I can never get sick of your Christmas photos. They’re much nicer than some of my family pics from Christmas past. :)

    December 20, 2012
    • What a lovely thing to say, thank you so much Kevin.

      December 21, 2012
  44. pamkelso #

    Reblogged this on pam kelso + PK Nature Photography and commented:
    Beautiful! This is delicious looking (no pun intended). Colors and textures are wonderful. What a great place for a break.

    December 20, 2012
    • Thank you Pam, it really is wonderful and the cakes are divine.

      December 21, 2012
  45. I cannot count how many times I have walked past this icon of Melbourne and never gone in. It is always stuffed full of customers. Gorgeous photo. Could you do a post with all the photos you have taken of the window through the years? That would be a treat!

    December 20, 2012
    • I think you need to get there early if you want a table. The cakes are good. I don’t know where all the photos are, I would have to do a major search, will see what I can do. Thanks Photobooth Journal

      December 21, 2012
  46. Beautiful photographs, make me feel lovely and christmassy!

    December 20, 2012
  47. Thanks for stopping by my Canadian blog and ‘liking’ my post about “Our Christmas Tree”. I love your photos!

    December 20, 2012
    • You’re very welcome grammomsblog and thank you so much.

      December 21, 2012
  48. Oh my goodness. I would be in so much trouble if I lived near this tea room. I’d be as wide as a house!

    December 20, 2012
    • You wouldn’t be Emily because it is hard to get into, so most of us can only look. Thank you.

      December 21, 2012
      • Oh we would be VIP customers and would have a reserved table Leanne. :-)

        December 21, 2012
  49. Argh, Leanne! I just gained TEN pounds studying your spectacular treatment of this highly caloric window display!

    In all seriousness, you have done a tremendous job…it looks as if there is NO glass at all! (Wouldn’t that be bad for their business? There’d be no display at all with five minutes…just piles of crumbs!!!) And I do admire the ‘frosting’ at the edges…it makes one dream of sugarplums, doesn’t it?

    December 20, 2012
    • It is a great window, this is the best I have seen it for a long time.
      I am really proud of what I did with this image, I love the treatment. You know I don’t know what sugarplums are?
      Thank you so much 1000

      December 21, 2012
      • Sugarplums are ‘sweets’…like candy and fudge, and chocolate and cookies…need one right now!

        December 22, 2012
  50. lovet the atmospheric feel; makes me think Victorian

    December 20, 2012
    • Thank you crimsonprose, it is a very Victorian setting.

      December 21, 2012
  51. Thanks for visiting my blog. I really enjoyed your Christmas photos. I”ll be back to see more posts.

    December 20, 2012
    • No problem at all LuiZ FernandoS, and thank you as well.

      December 21, 2012
  52. Wow, a whole lot of yummy food! Thanks for sharing the festivity with us. :-)

    Happy holidays,

    Jean

    December 20, 2012
    • Very yummy food Jean, thank you and Merry Christmas

      December 21, 2012
  53. I love the Melbourne approach to window displays… a feast for the senses :)

    December 20, 2012
    • That is great EllaDee, it really is a feast, thank you :)

      December 21, 2012
  54. Love it! There’s a similar window in Warsaw Poland. I’m there in March and will for sure take a pic for you to critique! (Just saving up and can’t wait to take your online course! So EXCITED!!!!!) xo.

    December 20, 2012
  55. Liz #

    Merry Christmas Leanne! I think I’ve already too many cakes and its still almost a week away… Perhaps for now on I should just look at your beautiful photos instead of gorging myself on their contents….

    December 20, 2012
    • Haha, I know the feeling. I love cake, though I have been having too much chocolate.

      December 21, 2012
  56. k. #

    Reblogged this on {.k.}.

    December 20, 2012
  57. shadesofalltrades #

    I visited your site after you liked one of my posts, and I’m glad I did because your photos are absolutely stunning! Love the Christmas photos

    December 20, 2012
    • That is wonderful to hear shadesofalltrades, so glad to hear you are enjoying the Christmas photos. Thank you

      December 21, 2012
  58. Beautiful. I’m collecting images to make a mood board for an idea I have. I hope you don’t mind me pinching this picture to include. Happy Christmas!

    December 20, 2012
    • Do I get credit for it? :) Thank you throbbingsofnoontid, no please just let me see it when you are done, if that is okay, Merry Christmas

      December 21, 2012
      • It might be a printed out one, but I’ll photograph it to show you. Thanks Leanne :)

        December 21, 2012
      • That would be lovely. :)

        December 21, 2012
  59. This is awesome

    December 21, 2012
  60. Just wonderful!

    December 21, 2012
  61. Wonderful photo. The Hopetoun rooms are also a favourite of mine. They, like this photo evokes the Dickensian era, to me. I almost expect Miss Havisham to be eating a cake and sipping tea delicately in the corner. Thanks for posting.

    December 21, 2012
    • Yes, that is so true, they have kept a lot of their period Victorian theme which, I am sure, is part of the reason why people like it., Thank you so much Forestwoodfolkart

      December 21, 2012
  62. This is divine! Everything looks so tempting and intricate!

    December 21, 2012
    • Thank you Kayleigh, I am pretty sure everything would be very fresh and very yummy.

      December 21, 2012
  63. I’m just drawn in by this picture and want to be right there pressing my nose against the window – that’s exactly what a good picture should do! Love it :)

    December 21, 2012
    • Thank you besoils, I love the image as well, I always get a little surprise when I look at it. :)

      December 21, 2012
  64. Dang people getting in the way. Australians take their Christmas decorations seriously, don’t they?

    December 21, 2012
    • Not usually, this is the best I have seen Melbourne do in a long time. Mind you the suburbs are pathetic.

      December 21, 2012
  65. Jo A. Richardson #

    This is gorgeous Leanne – your work is so beautiful!

    December 24, 2012
  66. Lovely – they both have the effect of an old time illustration. I knew you did something but I didn’t know what, and that’s cool! I think one reason it works so well is that the processing is in keeping with the subject.

    December 25, 2012
  67. I love the first one, so pretty :)

    January 3, 2013

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